Himachal Pradesh is a state in northern part of India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is surrounded by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and Tibet on the east.
It is home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie. Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence which is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the states that lies in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). Great Himalayan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Pin Valley National Park are the national Parks located in the state. Hill stations like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Chamba, Khajjiar, Kullu and Kasauli are popular destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists. Temples like Naina Devi Temple, Vajreshwari Devi Temple, Jwala Ji Temple, Chintpurni, Chamunda Devi Temple, Baijnath Temple, Bhimakali Temple, Bijli Mahadev and Jakhoo Temple are all important Hindu pilgrimage sites.
The state is also known for its adventurous activities like ice skating in Shimla, paragliding in Bir Billing and Solang valley, rafting in Kullu, skiing in Manali, boating in Bilaspur and trekking, horse riding and fishing in different parts in the state.
Shimla is the capital of the state, which is Asia's only natural ice skating rink. Spiti Valley in Lahaul & Spiti District situated at an altitude of over 3000 metres with its delightful scenery is an important destination for adventure seekers. Some of the oldest Buddhist Monasteries in Asia are the attraction point of this region. The natural beauty of Himachal along with the hills and valleys makes a perfect holiday destination adding peace to your life. The pilgrimages make the place serene and divine.
The state is known for the eco-friendly environment, delightful natural scenery, adventure sports and a variety of fairs, festivals and celebrations throughout the year.